Some dogs will eat just about anything! You may have seen your dog playing with one of his favorite toys. And when you check on him again, within a few minutes, the toy is nowhere to be found! Or maybe you find some small bits and pieces of the toy which don’t add up to the entire toy. Oh boy! There’s a high chance your dog could have eaten the toy. But what happens when a dog eats a toy?
Has your dog eaten a toy? Are you worried the toy will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve put together information about toys and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is a Toy?
A toy is an object that can be played with, and it may be made for children or pets. Toys can be made from a wide range of materials, including plastic, metal, cloth, and more. However, in this case, we’re talking about a dog toy. Many dog toys are made of fabric and stuffing or plastic.
But what happens when a dog eats his toy? Can the toy make him sick?
Toys & Dogs
Dog toys are made of non-toxic materials, so in this way, they’re safe. However, the materials may still make your dog sick. For instance, any dog toy could pose a choking hazard. Another possibility is that the toy could cause an obstruction in the dog’s digestive system. Either one can be a serious health issue.
However, it’s also possible that a dog can chew the toy into small pieces that safely through his digestive tract.
There is one more danger that we need to mention, and this is about toys with strings. Some dog toys do include string, which can be a very dangerous material. The string can become balled up, or it may clump in the digest tract. If the string is pulled, it can cause the digestive tract to bunch up, causing severe damage to the dog’s internal organs and intestines. It depends on how far the string has made it into the dog’s system. But this can also be a life-threatening health issue.
What to Do If Your Dog’s Eaten a Toy
There are many variables that could arise if your dog happens to eat a toy. So, we strongly urge you to call the vet immediately if your dog has eaten a toy. Be sure to provide the vet with details such as when your dog ate the toy, the kind of toy it was, and how much of the toy was eaten.
The vet will then offer advice and guidance on what to do next to help your dog. In some cases, they may want you to bring your canine companion in to be checked. It’s also possible (depending on the situation) that the vet may ask you to monitor your fur baby for symptoms. Be sure to follow the vet’s advice. The goal is to make sure your dog doesn’t develop a life-threatening emergency. But if he does, call the vet immediately.